Wednesday, January 13, 2010

One Fresh Nest: Sixx Design

One Fresh Nest is a feature that we have on the site where we highlight a home that is beautiful and inspiring.

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Today's Fresh Nest is Sixx Design's home.  Husband and wife design team, Cortney and Robert Novogratz, have seven children.  And somehow they find the time to make their homes lovely and beautiful.  And inspirational.  They are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!  They buy run down properties and turn them around into stunning properties.  They are sharing pictures of their current home and we are lucky enough to have them answer a few questions today.

What is your favorite home you've renovated & why?

We love all of our homes, including our newest one, which is at 400 West Street in Manhattan.  It is certainly our biggest and most ambitious.  But we all have a soft spot for our house in Soho on Center Market Place.  We just love the vibe of the neighborhood and so proud because we helped turn the block into something special.  Before we built four houses on the block, it was dark and dingy, and now full of life and really cool, with shops and restaurants and all the neighbors know each other.

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When you are designing your space, where do you get your inspiration from?

We get our inspiration from everywhere.  What we see when we walk around New York everyday, travel, nature, books, the web.  Inspiration is everywhere.  Sometimes it is just a bit of a color or the shape of something that makes you start to think.

What is your favorite piece in your home?

We love our art collection.  The outside of our current home has turned into a public art installation because of the Richard Wood treatment on the facade.  It is a great way to express yourself, and with every new artist we discover, whether they are new or just new to us, it is exciting.

How did you decide on a color palette for your home?

We always like to use a neutral color palette for the background, like white, and then use pops of bright colors for accessories or to really make a room special.

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Share your favorite DIY project in your home.  Tell us a little bit about it.

We have had so many.  But I think organizing the closets was the best for everybody.  We used really basic shelving for all the kid's closets, put everything away in the closets, and got rid of an enormous amount of clutter.  When you have seven kids, this is all-important in a DIY project.  The day we painted our shutters bright yellow at our country house was also really fun.  Some of the neighbors thought it was a bit loud, but it got a discussion going and that was cool.

Thanks to Sixx Design for sharing their home and inspiration with us.  To view more stunning pictures of their homes, take a look on their website.  They also have a wonderful book, Downtown Chic that is simply amazing.  How many times have I said amazing in this article?  Well, this deserves at least a couple more.  Keep an eye out for their show debuting on Bravo in April.  It's called 9 X Design.  And there's no doubt it will be amazing.

All photography by Matthew Williams.


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